Methodist Details Imaging Improvements

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A hospital system in northwest Indiana is investing $11 million to upgrade its imaging technology. Methodist Hospitals' deal with Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc. involves neuro, cardiac and mobile systems. October 8, 2014

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GARY, Ind. - Methodist Hospitals recently signed an $11 million dollar agreement with Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc. to replace all of its diagnostic imaging equipment with the latest technologies available. The first phase of this agreement to be completed in 2014 will be a multi-million dollar investment in Siemens' cutting-edge CT and radiography equipment, including:

-Two SOMATOM Definition Edge 128-slice CT systems, which provide clearer images with reduced scanning time and dose reduction technology using Siemens SAFIRE dose reduction algorithm, which can reduce dose to the patient by 54 percent to 60 percent. This system boasts enhanced neuro and cardiac imaging capabilities. Through these technologies, clinicians are able to make more sound diagnoses even for the most challenging cases, such as trauma and bariatric patients.

-Four Mobilett Mira mobile digital X-ray systems with wireless technology, which are among the smallest on the market and have a rotating swivel arm, giving radiologists and technicians more flexibility to access patients and capture high-quality images with greater ease. These systems also boast short exposure times which results in radiation dose reduction for the patients.

-A Luminos dRF MAX digital radiography/fluoroscopy room. This system combines radiography with a video screen, enabling real-time visualization of a body part or of a foreign body or dye though the body. The Luminos MAX System offers the advantages of both digital fluoroscopy and radiography in one system, with a flat panel detector for sharper imaging and the lowest table height for safer patient transfer.

Later phases of this project will include the addition of new MRI systems, nuclear medicine systems, ultrasound systems including systems with dedicated breast imaging capabilities, and further additions to the array of CT and radiography equipment available at Methodist facilities.

"Methodist Hospitals is committed to providing the highest quality of care, and this starts with the quality and range of our diagnostic imaging capabilities. We are pleased to be working with Siemens to bring our patients at both the Northlake and Southlake Campuses the best in imaging technology," said Dr. Michael Davenport, President and Interim CEO at Methodist.

"Siemens is honored that the Methodist Hospitals organization, with its reputation for exceptional patient care, has chosen these Siemens systems for the initial phase of its ambitious multi-million dollar investment in advanced diagnostic imaging," says Gregory Sorensen, MD, CEO of Siemens Healthcare North America. "Leading-edge medical imaging technology helps physicians reach an accurate diagnosis more efficiently."

About Methodist Hospitals

Methodist Hospitals is a community-based, not-for-profit health system with two full-service acute care facilities that has been leading the way to better health for residents of Northwest Indiana for almost 100 years. Methodist Hospitals offers a number of award – winning programs, including its Neuroscience, Oncology and Heart and Vascular Institutes, Center for Bariatric Surgery and Women’s Health program. Its range of services also includes Emergency services, Orthopedics & Spine Care, comprehensive Rehabilitation services, Behavioral Health and Home Health Services.

About Siemens

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of combined cycle turbines for power generation, a leading provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions and automation and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading supplier of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2013, which ended on September 30, 2013, revenue from continuing operations totaled ?75.9 billion and income from continuing operations ?4.2 billion. At the end of September 2013, Siemens had around 362,000 employees worldwide on the basis of continuing operations. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

Source: Methodist Hospitals